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Like said above, the thumbrest shouldn’t carry any weight at all and simply act as a floating fulcrum. The strap (or better still the SAXHOLDER should put all the weight onto neck or SHOULDERS) Adding felt will distribute a weight which shouldn’t be there in the first place but add friction.

The weight on soprano is distributed on the elbows resting on the body and the strap preventing the horn going forward. In the olden days no soprano had a strap ring and all were held like a clarinet.

If held correctly there is little to no weight on the thumbrest.
 
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